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Should your PhotoBook be Layflat?

There are various styles of PhotoBooks available, is layflat worth the extra money...

When you start a PhotoBook project, there are two main things to consider when deciding on the size and style of your book.

1. Images: what style of photos do you have for this project

If you are documenting a vacation, chances are good you'll have some great landscapes or larger photos, capturing the various places you've been. Will you have scans of larger images such as maps or handwritten pieces? Maybe your photos include large group photos. These types of images are best large so you can really see the detail in the landscape or you have the ability to see each person in the group. Putting these photos full-sized across a two-page spread is such a great way to preserve them. If you do not use a layflat style book, details will be lost in the gutter.

Alternatively, are you planning to place one photo per page or keep your photos smaller so you can add a good number of images per page? In those cases, using a book style that is not layflat will be fine....and save some money.

2. Audience: who will be enjoying this book

Another important factor is who will be looking at this book. If you're giving this book to an older person, the layflat pages will be much easier to handle. Same for children or anyone with physical limitations. Being able to flip a page and have it easily stay open while viewing it is a game-changer.

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Layflat PhotoBooks are a beautiful way to preserve your memories, but Standard PhotoBooks (both hardcover and softcover) are also fantastic options and should not be ruled out. Consider your images and your audience before making your style decision.


Do you need help designing PhotoBooks?

I have created an online course specifically designed to teach you how to create your own Photo Books! This course will walk you through the 6 Steps to Creating Photobooks IN DETAIL!

We cover 5 different programs and show you how to use 4 of them in depth. We also talk about gathering your photos, workflow, and design tips.

Snap It & Scrap It is self-paced, allowing you to work through it at your own speed. By the end of the course you will have a completed book!


If you still feel overwhelmed at the idea of creating a book on your own, I'm happy to do it for you! There are many ways to send/receive photos so location is not a factor ... I have worked with clients all across North America. Together we'll discuss the perfect size and style to suit your theme. Reach out if you'd like to discuss ways we can help you accomplish your goal!

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